Partial stamping

In an attempt to make a stamp my own often I use only part of the whole stamp. I altered paper bags to make embellished envelopes with this method:

Step one
Ink only a portion of the stamp that you are using. It can be a little difficult to get this right, the stamp pads are generally rectangles, which makes it hard to avoid inking the bits you don't want. An alternative to ink pads is to use paint or stamping markers. Stamp by PaperArtsy.

Step two
Once I trimmed the image I drew some pencil lines on the stamped and then painted it in with watercolor paint.

Step three
I added some more partial stamps to the edge pattern. Stamp by Jenny Doh. Then I tore off the bottom edge (I had stamped it with some more of the circles but it looked too much)

Step four
Rummage through your scraps left over from other projects and your scrapbook papers and play around with colors until you are happy with your layout.

Step five
Stamp a small paper bag with a large stamp. Let the stamp go over the edges, this is another type of partial stamping.

Step six
Glue the image panel onto the paper bag. I wrote the words 'Happy Birthday' on the left. There you have it -  an envelope for a gift tag, card or small gift.

Alternative card layouts:

Some other pieces with partial stamps:
Here you can see the full and partial Jenny Doh stamp


  1. Lovely tag!

    I often use masking tape to cover the part of the stamp I don't want inked up. The key with that, of course, is to remember to then remove the masking tape from the stamp *before* impressing it onto your surface. It takes forgetting only once or twice before it become an ingrained habit :-).

  2. Lovely of you to share, and nice to see you playing again!!!oh, and very pretty the way you bring all the elements together!!
    Just read Elizabeths post LOL did the mask and ink over just the other day....
    Off to try again, thanks for the inspiration Shona will try it your way this time :)

  3. oooooo I can dig this....thanks so much ...this is def the blog of day award from me....a whole new outlook on those drawers of collage stamps for sure.

  4. Those are beautiful!

    I love stamping but had lost some of my enthusiasm for them...this technique will help. I'm off to try something new in the studio :)

  5. Love your creations! Thanks for sharing your process!

  6. how lovely- I like the idea of using partial stamps- never thought of that before!

  7. These are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Shona..these are so pretty! You are just so amazing! I love how you did this. :o) some day I will just have to try to do some of this.


    PS. I did an all sepia photo story of my walk down our country road today. I've NEVER done THAT before. I think even Rebekah was impressed. She's always trying to get me to do black and white. See you Sunday!


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